The trade request for James Harden was impossible for the Houston Rockets. Their lifelong star wanted out, and they couldn’t get anything equivalent in return.
After weeks of drama and speculation, the Rockets finally agreed to a deal involving four other teams. They sent Harden to the Nets and got Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodion Kurucs and four first-round picks in return.
At the time, that offer was considered unbearable for someone like Harden, especially when it was rumored that the 76ers were willing to offer more.
But the world is changing, and Rocket soon realizes how important Harden is to his success.
A few months later, Houston, now ranked 14th in the West, decided to make another move, this time with newcomer Victor Oladipo. Thursday they finally traded him to Miami for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick.
On the other hand, it allows Houston to move forward with its redevelopment project. But when fans realized that the Rockets were basically giving up Harden for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Dante Exuma, Rodion Kurucs and a bunch of late first round picks, they unfortunately became a laughing stock on social media.
After the Victor Oladipo case: Here’s what the Rockets’ comeback looks like after the James Harden trade pic.twitter.com/ESREuuzXQu
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 25. March 2021
This will go down in history as one of the worst cases of all time. …. Would set the Rockets back at least a decade with an embarrassment like this…. Once they pulled the lever and Allen, I knew they had made a bad situation much worse…..
– TKOReezie (@TKOReezie) March 25, 2021
So the @HoustonRockets got nothing in return for James Harden, or did they! !! SMH
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) 25. March 2021
The Rockets traded James Harden and got no players in return.
– Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) 25. March 2021
Rockets fans realize they were robbed by the James Harden trade: pic.twitter.com/ezvFzmTqI7
– Sports Complex (@ComplexSports) 25. March 2021
The Rockets have to be the dumbest organization in NBA history, because they don’t know how to trade Harden and now Oladipo.
– Feel Good Brand Co (@feelgoodbrandco) 25. March 2021
The three main players (besides Harden) in the James Harden trade are Victor Oladipo, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert.
Somehow, the Rockets don’t have any of those four players.
The Rockets turned James Harden into a bunch of picks, Avery Bradley and Kelly Olink.
– Tommy Bear (@TommyBeer) 25. March 2021
The Rockets went from James Harden to Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley.
– Memes Bulls (@delusionalbulls) 25. March 2021
The Houston Rockets suck. They could take Jarrett Allen and Levert for Harden. Instead, they chose an Oladipo. Oladipo was just traded for Avery Bradley and Olynyk. Lol. They’re drifters.
– KG (@kgthepoet) 25. March 2021
Honestly, the Rockets must feel really bad about ruining the Harden trade. As one of the best players in the league, it’s clear they could have gotten more for him, even with their damaged leverage.
Of course they (or anyone else) can’t do anything about it now. The best they can hope for is a good draw with their non-lottery stocks.
From any point of view, they still have a long way to go…..
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